FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts explores contemporary approaches to branding, advertising and graphic design through a range of media and processes. The course has been developed in collaboration with key design industry practitioners to reflect current working practices.


Course Leader

Angela Hogg

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year

International Fee

£15,950 per year

International fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course

Start DateSeptember 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 28 September - Friday 11 December 2015
Spring Term DatesMonday 11 January - Friday 18 March 2016
Summer Term DatesMonday 18 April - Friday 24 June 2016
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application Deadline15 January 2015
UCAS CodeW201
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To explore key practical and conceptual strategies involved in the creation of communication across different media
  • To explore strategies for the implementation of brand identity and the development of communication in relation to advertising and marketing
  • To look at the impact of advanced technologies on working methods
  • To examine communication and management strategies necessary for successful team working, students will start to identify their own specialist interests
  • Sustained periods of work-based learning that allow students to engage directly with design industry representatives and make valuable contacts
  • To develop written, verbal and visual communication skills, which will prepare them for their chosen industry
  • A combination of industry set and personally devised work projects that allows for further examination of ideas and concepts
  • Units that relate specifically to work-based learning through live projects, work placements and collaborative research


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
  • Unit 3: Work based learning 1 - Making contact with the industry
  • Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
  • Unit 6: Work based learning 2
  • Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
  • Unit 8: Individual programme of study

At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables them to apply to the final year of the Camberwell BA Graphic Design course.

Work experience and opportunities

FdA Graphic Design students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the industry, gaining insight into the key issues of contemporary graphic design practice. Previous collaborators have included Bibliothèque, Kin, Moving Brands and UsTwo amongst others.


Angela Hogg - Course Director





Having completed a period of work-based learning, our FdA Graphic Design students are able to go straight into employment with recent graduates having found jobs at companies such as Bibliothéque, Dave, the Design Studio, Faber & Faber, FiveFootSix, Johnston Works, Kino Design, Quayola and Sky Creative.

Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's Graphic Design or Illustration degree courses, subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the College's bridging studies programme.


Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants are expected to have:

  • A portfolio of work
  • 1 GCE A Level or equivalent (achieved or expected)
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with a minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 5.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work 

Portfolio advice

  • The portfolio should be mainly made up of work that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of utilising process and methodology to generate design solutions
  • You should show a desire to engage with contemporary practice in relation to graphic design, 3D design, advertising, architecture, typography and illustration
  • You should show a desire to engage with and utilise language and an interest in working with typography
  • An ability to analyse, interpret and respond to content in order to create successful pieces of communication is also important

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • Monday 16 February - Friday 20 February 2015
  • Monday 23 February - Friday 27 February 2015
  • Monday 23 March - Friday 27 March 2015 

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews take place through out the academic year.

Applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone
  • By Skype
  • In their country
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts



Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W201

The UCAS annual deadline for applications is 15 January.

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

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